By this point, we've all realized that we've been lied to -- working hard and getting a solid education does not necessarily lead to career success, or even a decent-paying job.
As we gear up for this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, we're looking back at some of the biggest issues talked about
With little disagreement that the global youth jobs crisis is one of the most pressing issues of our time, problem solvers have begun developing and implementing coordinated solutions.
The issue many young people face is not a lack of motivation, but a lack of adequate career guidance at an early enough stage in their development -- and a critical societal failure to provide it.
But what really worries him is that with the ever-increasing tuition at public universities, and the accompanying student
What happens when a generation said to be far less conspicuous in its consumption confronts human nature? The personal growth and fulfillment at the top Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs occupies the floor just above esteem -- defined by status, achievement and reputation.
We have to begin to find new pathways to employment that acknowledge the value of skills and experience, can be demonstrated through alternative credentialing and recognized by employers where there is no degree or while an individual is working toward their degree.
One report by the organization Generation Opportunity measured the youth jobless rate at 16.1 percent in June, more than
The class of 2013 will enter an improved economy and is expected to earn more through its first year in the workforce than its counterparts in the class of 2012, United Press International reports.
The journal notes that graduates who major in the humanities or social sciences saw a modest 1.9 percent pay bump, and the
In addition to being underemployed many graduates thought they would have done better in the job market if they had studied
The Journal cites a National Bureau of Economic Research paper released Monday that suggests American businesses need fewer
Reports that assert about half of all current college graduates are underemployed are alarming, but the record low share
This week brought news that the U.S. economy had unexpectedly shrunk during the last quarter of 2012 -- the first time that's happened since the recession ended. Though this contraction was largely attributed to government cuts, the policy conversation in Washington centered on... more cuts. On Friday, labor department numbers showed that the economy added 157,000 jobs last month, while the numbers for the two previous months were revised upward. Even so, unemployment climbed to 7.9 percent -- among millennials it is 13.1 percent, having gone up each month since the election. That this kind of jobs report is seen as good news is a measure of how far we've downwardly revised our expectations -- along with the prospects of the young people that Washington loves to extol in speeches. If our leaders cared about "the next generation" as much as they claim, youth unemployment would be a national emergency. Revised numbers are great; revised thinking would be much better.
What makes certain people get hired while others meander, unemployed right after graduation? Unsurprisingly,
Beginning a business may be a small part of a much larger dream to build a better world, but it is a necessary step and the beginning of a transformation which will see people build stable lives for themselves and their loved ones.
Whether you live in Baltimore, Athens, or Buenos Aires, the challenge is similar: millions of young people who desperately desire to participate as productive members of society can't find a decent job and are quickly losing all hope in the future.
When so many people are struggling, it is hard to feel any sympathy (or empathy) towards someone who is by all accounts living the dream.
With an economic ecosystem as off-kilter as this one, it's just as important to enter college with a game plan as it is to graduate with one. No pressure or anything, but your future hangs on it.